[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Views 1,007
Citations 0
September 10, 2019

Graduate Medical Education, 2018-2019

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Data Acquisition Services, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2019;322(10):996-1016. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.10155

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) sponsor and administer the National GME Census through GME Track, an internet-based AAMC product, and jointly maintain a database of information on training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and of the residents and fellows in those programs.

From May until December 2018, all directors of ACGME-accredited programs were asked to complete the program survey component of the Census on GME Track. Information on the educational characteristics of the training programs is added to FREIDA, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database, a public resource on GME programs that is available to medical students, residents, and fellows. Starting in late July 2018, program directors were surveyed about their active, transferred, and graduated residents and fellows for academic year 2018-2019. Program directors were provided with lists of residents and fellows from the current database and were asked to confirm or modify the training status of trainees who were present in their programs the prior year; add new physicians to their program who were not already in our database; and confirm, edit, or add demographic information on all trainees. This demographic information includes sex, birthdate, country of birth, citizenship status, race, and Hispanic ethnicity. Race and Hispanic ethnicity for residents and fellows who had provided such information through various AAMC applications (eg, the Electronic Residency Application Service) was carried forward from those applications and included in the Census.